Here's a story... Crickit goes outside only when we're out, and she's great about staying in the yard. Well, one day we were out and my nephew brought his dog, not knowing the cat was out! (Long story, I'll try to shorten it). The dog chased Crickit and she was so shocked she ran up an old pine tree in our yard, even with her trimmed claws, never was up a tree before. We tried to reach her with a ladder, that just spooked her more, and she kept climbing! She was at least 30 feet up, and I was devastated! NO ONE in our area will rescue a cat, and it was even too high for the critter control people. No one would help. Everyone just said, "Give her time, she'll come down or FALL down, and they ALWAYS land on their feet!". I told them even if she'd land on her feet, a 30 ft. fall would kill her! I never felt so hopeless. Well, we hovered under that tree for a couple of hours, and put furniture cushions under where she was, prepared to catch her if she fell, but the one time we were away (going thru the phone book for more possibilities), we heard a crash and cracking of branches all the way down! Before we could run a couple of feet, here she was running to the door! The tree had brittle branches, and I bet she hit the cushions, so she was fine! The only injury were 2 bleeding claws, she had actually ripped them OUT on her scramble up the tree! I cleaned them, and she never acted like they bothered her. I figured the claws were gone, but they grew back! So a happy ending, I just hope it never happens again!